My Home Studio Set Up: 3-for-1 Special

Watch on YouTube: Behind the scenes set up: my home studio

There are so many great tips in the video, you may need to watch it once or twice.  I want to teach you so many things about video production, and I thought that it would be valuable to share my home studio set up, along with a recipe that shares some great speaking tips.

There are a couple of ways to record a vlog.  You can create a “set” like mine.  It can be a brand appropriate background, a backdrop like white, colored material, or green screen, or you could take your production to the field.  James Wedmore, a popular video marketer has a great post about how to create a set.

For my home studio, I just use my work space.  This is the area where I edit, and watch TV. I have a couple of speakers, a flat screen, hard drives, and mics on my desk. It work s well because it reinforces the Web Video Chefs brand (or at least I think it does).

As Chip and I were developing  this site, I actually experimented by shooting in my kitchen, but it wasn’t convenient.  All of my production gear is in my home office including lights, so this works best for now.

My Home Studio Set Up


Create a Set that Matches your Brand or Subject

Recipe for Recording at Home

1. Determine your set
2. Set up lights
3. Set up tripod and attach camera
4. Plug in microphone
5. Conduct a mic test
6. Check audio
7. Check shot for framing, and things that may be out of place*
8. Press record, sit down and record takes

*If you’re self-shooting, it may be challenging at first to figure out exactly where to sit, and how to position the camera perfectly.  You may want to record a couple of on camera tests to make sure the framing is correct, and that you’re sitting or standing in the right place.

Now that you’ve seen my home studio set up, I’ll get into the meat of my latest tutorial which came via a question from Sandy Cesaire who is developing real estate videos for her new site.  She wanted to know about the best way to sit or stand on camera, and asked me for some vocal tips.

Whether sitting or standing, you should always be comfortable.  If you’re stiff of not comfortable, it will show in your delivery.  Don’t slouch or lean, and if you’re in a chair that swivels, don’t rock back and forth.

When it comes to speaking on camera, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:

1. Tone: Is your voice bass, baratone, soprano etc? Pay attention to your diaphram, and how you push your voice out.
2. Volume: How loud  you speak
3. Pace: How fast or slow you speak

To avoid being redundant, the video above explains it all, but make sure you’re using words that your audience understands.  In my video I explain what a news gang bang is.  There are gang bangs in news?  Yes… Just watch the video.

Hope this helps.  If you have a question, you can always ask us, and we’ll do our best to answer.



About Amani Channel

Amani Channel is a former news reporter, a vlogger, an award winning video producer, and an adjunct professor. He also helps organizations and companies create visual stories through VisualEyeMedia.

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  1. Amani – Nice video with explanations. Loved your son asking the many “why’s!” Your setup looks complicated for me; I have tried the clamp lights with terrible results – got way too many shadows. I’ve found the best situation for me is in front of a window.

    Liked seeing you shot the video with your iPhone – I did a webinar on Visual Social Media and how small business can record photos & videos on your iPhones.

    Great job!

  2. Nice video! I loved watching you interact with your son…I’ve got five kids so I can relate!

    I appreciate the tips. You do a good job articulating and presenting your thoughts in a organized manner and not getting side tracked. I’ve tried bullet points on my computer right above the camera, but I often have to do several takes to get it right…ha!

    • Amani Channel says:

      Thanks so much Travis. It only takes one good take. Just stay relaxed and speak from the heart. I’ll post a video with speaking on camera tips soon.


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